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have two engines 2.75 mega watts each and that is run by biogas. as we move forward in the future, these are 1942 technologies, so these are old. as we build this new as part of the $2.7 billion program we should be able to add food waste and other things in there. we should be able to capture more gas and to be able to use it. whether it's to create energy. we don't want to be able to diversify our portfolio. we are doing vehicles and tomorrow we are doing electricity. we should have the most advantageous for our rate payers money. >> what do you think about the capacity of the new biogas electrical generation plants will be of all sort of vehicle fuels? >> at this point we don't know. we are doing the analysis right now. we are in
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the design, moving forward, we are not quite there yet. but i think every facility that we are going to be building will have solar. we have civil -- several solar facilities on our properties. resource recovery is a big deal for us. we collect from every restaurant. we are not just even big producers of grease, but turning bio diesel also. we start the program as a pretreatment. we want to get the grease out of the sewer. we spend $4 million a year. we started to send crews down mom and pop place that put the grease water and pour it down the sewer. we are generating money for that and plus it's keeping it out of the sewer. resource recovery is a big
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thing for us, not just biogas, any grease related stuff. it was once used. all the water out of our treatment plant can be used. 100 percent is being recycled. it's helping the city's goal to meet. so we are trying our very best. >> that's great. i think at the department we would be super happy to do that especially on the renewable energy to buy gas. i have one more question, what proportion of the $2.7 billion budget in phase one is devoted to the green programs so to speak. is that $57 million for the implementation project or is there more than that? >> the over all budget for the 20 program is somewhere around $400 million. the $57 million we want to test out this
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technology if it actually works. we've never done them in the past we know of cities that do that. the city is going to trim the trees to make sure they look nice. how do you think about that ? >> it's the upstream of where it's going. we are going to tear up the driveway and put in all grass?
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>> but i also wanted to point out that there are a number of these great lid projects in the works right now or that have been completed that people can
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go and see, like the swales and at the sunset parking lot and the mint plaza and a number of others that are in place right now that people can see. cesar chavez is one of the ones and some of the things that it is pec has done we have not enough to say enough about and i think that the storm guidelines and the tool kit that he produced is just a wonderful document and i believe that it is on-line and i would encourage the people to take a look at it and we mentioned the rain barrels in the context of water conservation and all of these things overlap and again, putting your roof water in the rain barrels instead of the combined system is a really good thing to do and so these are some of the things that i think that later on we will talk about how we can work on and especially with regard to out reach and education, and community involvement. and but i also wanted to
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mention a little bit before sue talks more about toxics is to talk about the tok i cans tox toxic and that is the sources of the stuff that gets into our streets and awful the gunk that drips out of your cars and the brake linings and also what we have to do with in terms of the pollution and has to do with the automobile among other things and the dog poop and the pesticides and the herbcides that we talked about and the sediments and there is a lot here and i look forward to a discussion to look forward to deal with that and now i am happy to introduce, and she will talk more about the relationship between the toxic and the waste water managements. >> thank you, commissioners, i manage the toxic program and i am going to give you the
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implement in the toxic and program also identify the areas where we actively collaborate with the pucs. and before talking about the initiatives, i would like to give you the context in which we operate, and as you may know, throughout 85,000 chemicals, and because chemicals are poorly regulated in the united states, additional 1,000 chemicals are introduced every year. and we don't know a lot about the environment and health impacts of these chemicals but we do know that they are accumulating in the living organisms like our bodies and they are accumulating in the environment and due to the use of the chemicals and improper disposal. and often times it means that the products that contain these chemicals and so, our goals, are essentially twofold and one
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is to minimize health impacts to these chemicals by identifying and promoting safer alternatives and it could be safer practice or a product substitute and number two is to minimize the environmental impacts by creating an infrastructure for the safe disposal. and when we designed the programs, we look at two different things, one is that we understand that the tactics that we use have to be different based on the target audience and so when we work with businesses or residence we may have a different tactic and number two, we check in with our sister agencies to make sure that we are getting programs that help the goals of the other agencies as well. and now i am going to give you a snapshot of how we implement toxic programs in each of these targets. let's start with the municipal agencies and you heard from
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chris and he talked about the efforts in reducing the pesticide use and chris's team also leads the implementation of the green purchasing ordinance which was adopted by the city of 2005 and it says as a city we want to lead by example and we will only buy green products but there is a lot of work that gets into defining what makes a product green and we spent the time creating the specific identifications to identify the green products and we work with the end users to identify the products that work and to identify their needs. and so, what you see in front of you is a view of sf and it is a directory that includes the wisdom on the green purchasing and it has the specifications and the green products that we have for the city use and next we are going to talk about what we do with the residents and so with these residents, almost all residents, generate household space. and so because the chemicals
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that we talked about earlier, many of them are what we use every day like shampoo and the pesticide and cleaning products and we want to start by educating the people and the residents not to put the products improperly in the trash can or pure them down the drain and we will get the solutions to safely dispose of these products there is a hazardous waste facility and number two, we maintain infrastructure of 180-plus retail drop off sites that the residents can take their batteries, lamps and paint and other toxic products to or three and number three we launched a program and the residents of the individual service free program. and second, you earlier heard us talk about the safe medicine program and in addition to
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maintaining the infrastukt turf the disposal sites, we also are looking out of our scanning for the new chemicals and the new products in the environment and we have a program and a special program for used motor oil and recycling and this program is maintained through funding made available by the state, and most recently, we launched a safe medicine program that are funding from the pharmaceutical industry of pharm a and we are working with the puc and the police department to find these sites to recruit them and to train them and to maintain them. and to date, it was collected over 35,000 pounds of unwanted medicine, since the program's inception in 2012. and now, it goes to the business sector and on the business sector, as we can imagine, every business has very unique needs, based on their operations, and they use a different set of chemicals and so we have had to create customized programs based on
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the needs of the business and so i am going to give you one or two examples here and very early on we worked with the puc on the reduction program and we worked with (inaudible) and while the puc worked on developing a permit program for dentists to help to reduce the mercury that was disposed into the bay and we came to help with the training and out reach and provided incentives to install this device and we worked with the large hospitals and to have trained them in the pollution and pretension opportunities and we worked with the dry cleaners and all of the businesses that you have seen and in the interest of time i will not talk about each program, but one thing that i wanted to point out to you is the fact that we emphasized the work of health a lot. and we understand that in some cases the work goes out in a disproportionate health risk and they have limited access to the health information, and so, for instance we, have created a
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training curriculum and we for vietnamese, and in korea and in cantonese for the dry cleaners and some examples of the programs and so you heard me talk about the financial incentives for the businesses and training and out reach, and the third in the tool box that we use for the businesses is recognition and we have a program called the green business recognition program that david talked about earlier and it is for small to medium sized business and they must meet high standards and these standards we develop in conjunction with the puc and the dph and we don't need to develop the standards but we help the businesses meet the high standard by providing on site consultations. and so, my take away here and i know that there was a lot of information here but the big take away is when we design the programs and implement them, they are always, we always recognize that the chemicals
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are products that do not belong in the trash or in the sewer and so we worked closely with the team to make sure that we are consistent in our messaging and design and we continue to collaborate and serving as each other's technical expert to be sure that we are both watching out for contamination in the environment is another good step and with that, i will be happy to take the questions. >> thank you. >> and before any questions from commissioners, maybe if we could do a time check, we are agenda to 5:00 and it is 5:15 and i know that the commissioners in the environment have the meeting that we expect until 7:00 or so and other business but you have had a long day, puc commissioners, how are you doing on time in light of our discussion in clean vehicle adoption and renewal efficiency
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and adoption that are agenda. >> i have 15 minutes. >> that is just enough time to cover these and another five? >> i can't speak for the other commissioners. >> yeah. what do you think commissioner? >> i think that he hit the nail on the head. >> go for another 15 minutes and see if we can get through? and call it a good discussion. >> all right. questions for her? all right. thank you very much. and thank you. >> monica, if you could call the next item >>clean vehicle adoption (william zeller, sfe & barbara hale, sfpuc) >> good afternoon, my name is todd
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and i will be presenting very briefly, and i work with assistant general manager barbara hail and does a lot of work on the electric vehicles and i am also responsible for helping to run the fleet department along with the talented director who is here today and if he could stand up for a moment. and i have a few brief slides to go through given the agenda today and i want to impress upon you one important thing as well for the television audience. and this really speaks to along with the previous speakers. how the san francisco public utilities commission cares about the community and is a steward of environmental good practice and we do that in our fleet as well. as all of the activities that we undertake at the san francisco public utilities commission. and i walk through how we promote the alternatives in transportation options at our agency as well as insure compliance with the healthy air ordinance and then walk you through how green the fleet has become and it is a testament to
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a great deal of accomplishment and hard work by the commission and the staff at the puc. and then, lastly, and very briefly, on how fleet preparedness also helps us with the disaster response and preparedness as well as our operating or operating needs. and fleet management and operation, we talk about alternatives in transportation options and i think first, one of my additional responsibilities with the puc is to help run what i call the electronic plumbing and all of the it systems within the agency and so first of all we encourage our employees to consider not traveling, to consider instead doing face time or video conferencing and tele conferencing that is regularly done acrs our agency because we are unique in some ways and working in seven counties every single day about 1800 people, and along 170 mile corridor. and so that made us a specific
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target to look at tell conferencing, video conferencing as well as, skype and face time technologies. if we must drive or use a transportation vehicle, we look at transit first with the centralized pool vehicles, including ride, share and actively look at where we can use bicycles and i know that tommy spoke earlier about his vector control team and biking around the city and looking at catch basins and they are very active users of the bicycle pool. and we have about 90 bicycles right now in our fleet. and then, lastly, electric carts as well. and then bicycles again at all of the larger campuses and we exceed our goal for the healthy air and clean transportation ordinance and we are slated to remove about 25 vehicles. and then, by inventory of our fleet, every single budget, every time that we review every vehicle, to make sure that it
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is in compliance with the standards as well as in the event that it is at least ten years old, and also, exceeds 100,000 miles of usage, we target those that can be replaced with greener fuel. and to date, we are at 75 percent of our cars being green or renewable fuels as well as 30 percent of all of our vehicles and we are trying to move that to even, even greener with each budget cycle and those are the next two slides, five and six in your packet and then, again, the replacement strategy is outlined here and targeting the oldest vehicles in particular, to help with the particulate matter reductions in the environment as well as following the department of environments green, vehicle grid and compliance standards and then, we don't have a eligible vehicle and we look at what the greenest in the class will be for that specific vehicle and if not, being a bike or a transit first, alternative. and environmental strategies we do this day in and day out and
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we also do it during the budget season, by looking at things like our video conferencing and tell conferencing and then the public transit and the pools as well as the other items. >> and then, lastly, i will just close with why this matter is again in our responsiveness, for both operations and disaster and preparedness, we employ the technologies to know where our fleet vehicles are and with do this because we care about our employees and we want to be sure that whether or not they are going into the fire zone, like up in the recovery effort we were able to track in real time where the employee crews were to make sure that we could monitor them and get them out if needed. and with that, i will answer any questions, and i want to thank as well mr. zeller for all of his collaboration with our department.
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>> and thank you, todd. >> questions? >> we can hear from mr. zeller from the san francisco environment? >> my name is bill, zeller and i am with the department of environment and the clean transportation group and between tommy and todd i am going to try not to repeat anything that they said that they stole everything that i had. and todd, could you help me with this, i just need to get my slides up. we have had a long collaboration with the sfpud in a general sense they have been leaders as far as the different fleet operations in the city and helping us to push the projects forward that reduce, the petroleum use and reduce the greenhouse gases and been quite an example for other department to have to aspire to.
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our department is made up of two groups, and we are generally outward facing towards the public in the transportation, or the transit first side of things and we also serve the san francisco family principlely in the vehicle cleaning of the fleet in with the hack to implementation. and right now, roughly about 40 percent of the greenhouse gases that are generated by the city of san francisco come from transportation, we are working to reduce that. and our programs particularly, or first on the transit first
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side, and here we are. and it was said that 30 percent of all emissions. and the trucks in the city and and the first focus is the transit first and basically we tried to get you out of your car first, and that is my colleague sigma runs those programs and basically if we can't get you out of your car we try to get you in the cleanest vehicle possible and that is when i come in my group and in as of 2010, approximately, 61 percent of all trips were in private automobiles and private vehicles. our goal by 2018 is to reduce that by 50 percent. >> and we have a three pronged attack on the transportation and the management and smart compute programs and we focus
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on and we have four of them, commute smart which is the program that puts pretax dollars on to cliper cards that are available to all city employees and we encourage that through the city and other companies that work within the city. and muni tokens and we use these actively and push them to the departments to use these tokens and the cliper cards for the employees to do the day-to-day transportation around the city. and we provide a number of bicycles from the grants through the area and the management district and others, for employers to use for work related purposes. and city vehicle pools, where we are actively working with the departments to reassign the vehicles and move them into the pools that are more fully utilize the vehicles. and my side, we look at alternative fuels, and we look at the whole suite of
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alternative fuels, bio diesel, and vng, and the hybrid vehicles and we really push the electric vehicles very hard, the plug in and the hybrid vehicles and the battery electric vehicles. and we collaborate with the puc in a number of areas and one of the ones is power, and we work closely with them to develop one of the most dense public charging systems in the united states, and we have more than 300 charging stations in san francisco, now. and more than 100 of those are on the city owned property. and the most current numbers that we have is they are using about, 3, 384,000 kilo watt hours a year, energy and that is our chargers and our own facility and they reduce the greenhouse gases by 161,000
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metric tons. and throughout the bay area and they went up to about 2,000 chargers, and we are, and we the city are very involved with the regional programs to increase our electric vehicles. and one of the areas that we collaborate very closely with the sfpuc fleet as in the compliance and i will not go into that because todd mentioned that earlier and another area that has been around for quite a while and does not get the attention and is the b20 mandate that was put and i am sorry the executive order that was signed by the mayor back in 2006. and the puc's fleet, the diesel portion of the puc fleet, uses bio diesel. and almost universally, and pretty much wherever they can and the only places where they really have a hard time with it is when they get into the motions. and they use the low temperatures and it is bio
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diesel is not stable enough to be used up there. and it has helped us, again, set the bar very high for the rest of the fleets in the city and we are hoping for the significant improvements, and in the fleet utilization, and reducing the fuel use and the greenhouse gases and emissions. and another puc and we collaborate with quite a bit and you heard about this earlier is the waste water group, and and they have the smart people and i have talked to them quite a bit